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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Editor to Be Lashed

MOSCOW () -- An editor and former Cossack chieftain has been sentenced to 20 lashes for continuing to use the title "ataman" or chieftain, which he'd been stripped of.

Among the Cossacks -- the whip-wielding farmer/warriors who once protected the tsars -- the title ataman denotes a revered position.

The North Don Union of Cossacks stripped Alexander Golubev of his title for "abusing his service status and violating Cossack traditions,'' according to Itar-Tass.

When Golubev, chief editor of the literary journal Podyom, continued to call himself an ataman, they decided to punish him in the traditional manner, by lashing, it said.